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Wild Thing in Captivity: On Travel, Trauma and Tantra

5 Star Review

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Editorial Book Review:

By Lauren Myers


Elisha Daeva's engrossing book skillfully weaves together themes of love, grief, and liberation to give readers a fascinating glimpse into one woman's transformative experience. Daeva uses poetic words and unashamed honesty to take readers on a captivating journey through the human psyche against the backdrop of the global Tantra scene.


Essentially, the memoir is a poignant story of Elisha's breakdown and subsequent recovery from a heartbreaking breakup that upends the carefully constructed life she had built. She confronts her deepest traumas and learns new insights into the nature of desire and connection through her travels and conversations with Tantra practitioners.


The narrative "Wild Thing in Captivity" shares similarities with "Eat, Pray, Love," but it also takes a provocative turn that sets it apart as a tale of a Generation X coming-of-age. Daeva's story unfolds like a detective book as she methodically examines her past through the lens of her core wound, offering readers a unique and personal glimpse into the realm of female sex.


In conclusion, "Wild Thing in Captivity" is a genuinely profoundly resonant work that is both engaging and truly moving. Because of Elisha Daeva's perceptive observations and excellent writing, this is a must-read for anybody trying to comprehend the complexities of love, bereavement, and self-discovery.



About the Author

Elisha Daeva


Elisha is an interdisciplinary thinker who has been researching social inequality for almost thirty years. Her degree is in Human Biology from Stanford, a multidisciplinary combination of anthropology, psychology and biology. After working for four years in neuroscience at UCLA, the politics and sexism drove her out of academia. Since then she’s collected data across disciplines to interpret it for the public, reading every book, article, and paper she could find on the rise of dominance in the Bronze Age. She’s traveled the world, visiting matrilineal cultures and searching museums for clues to our ancient past.


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